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Mapplethorpe, Robert (Photographer) & Sischy, Ingrid (Contributor). ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: PICTURES. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 220 pages. As New/As New.

Posthumous collection of sex pictures. One of the most important photography books of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 2500 copies. However, it is widely believed that most of the copies were never actually printed because the publisher went out of business. The book is now very scarce. A brilliant production by James Crump: Oversize-volume format. Cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. Essay by Ingrid Sischy. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Italy to the very highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Robert Mapplethorpe's most controversial images. The book demonstrates his most painfully, deeply, and shockingly explicit work. Because he achieved fame only towards the end of a career abruptly cut short by AIDS, many people think of Mapplethorpe as an Eighties icon. Although he began taking photographs in 1970, he remained a cult figure for the rest of his brief life, then achieved "breakthrough" status with "Black Book" (1986), which made him notorious and world-famous, a cultural, not just a photographic, phenomenon. And then he died. A Mapplethorpe photograph is like the drawing or painting of a Master draftsman or artist: It is characterized by painstaking attention to detail, an impeccable eye, and an unerring sense of composition. The Mapplethorpe "look" is both coolly iconic, sculptural, and geometric, and warmly transcendent, spiritual, and ethereal at the same time. Ingrid Sischy argues persuasively that Mapplethorpe was never interested in showing what he saw but rather in documenting what he experienced, believed in, and ultimately died for. He and his tirelessly inventive sexual partners practiced what Genet and the other great European eroticists could only evoke in delirious reverie. An unflinching look at sex that will make even the most jaded viewer flinch, this is a "must-have" title for Robert Mapplethorpe collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. 100 duotone plates. Robert Mapplethorpe's "Lady Lisa Lyon" (1983), "Black Book" (1986), and "Pictures" (1999) are regarded as three of the most important photography books of the 20th century. One of the most provocative and important photographers of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1892041162. $400.00

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